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AU Brussels | Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

The European Union in a Nutshell

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The Brussels Summer Internship Program offers you a seven-week opportunity to learn about and experience the European Union through:

  • An internship that gives you a four-day per week real-world international experience
  • A class that gives you an overview of what the European Union is and does
  • A Field Trip and Travel Opportunities to learn more about Belgium and Europe
  • A homestay that enhances your appreciation of Europeans
  • An international capital city environment that brings together people from all over the world

The Brussels Summer Internship Program is a seven-week undergraduate study abroad program. To be eligible to participate, you must be an advanced undergraduate student enrolled at a college or university in the United States.


You will take a three credit hour course on the institutions of the European Union. This course offers you a brief overview of what the European Union is, how it works, and what it does. The purpose of the course is to help you understand the European Union better so that you can apply this knowledge in the internships.

The course meets in the evenings once or twice each week for seven weeks. Your grade is determined on the basis of a final examination, a learning contract exercise, and the internship supervisor’s evaluation of your performance.


After an initial week of orientation and interviews for internship placements, you will be at your internship four days each week (Monday through Thursday) over six weeks.

The internship opportunities in this program reflect the nature of Brussels itself. Previous students have interned for Members of the European Parliament, EU lobbying and advocacy organizations, consultancies, multinational corporations, law firms, trade development offices, and non-governmental organizations. For more information about the internships and the internship placement process, please see Internships.

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Field Trip & Travel

You will participate in a weekend field trip to several Belgian historic cities such as Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, and Leuven. This trip will help you learn about Belgium’s rich history and see some of its architectural and artistic treasures first-hand. Moreover, except for that weekend field trip, every Friday of the program is free for your own independent travel.


You will stay in a homestay during your summer internship program. For more information, see Homestays.

"I learned more at my internship than I ever thought possible."

-Student Evaluation